Suzanne (Suzie) Dittenber

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

  • 828-251-6875
  • 213 Owen Hall

Suzanne Dittenber comes to Asheville from Taylor University, a small liberal arts university in Indiana, where she taught all levels of painting, drawing, and printmaking. She was also the gallery director and curated many exhibitions between 2013 and 2017. Prior to Indiana, she taught at the University of New Hampshire and Granite State College. At UNC Asheville, Suzie will teach Foundation Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, and Painting II this fall; she will eventually rotate and teach all levels of two-dimensional art (particularly painting and drawing) and Senior Exhibitions as well as participating in the Humanities and Arts and Ideas Programs.

Suzie has been awarded residencies in New York; Portland and Cranberry Island, Maine; Johnson, Vermont; Lehon, France, and others. She has participated in many exhibitions including solo exhibitions in New York; Indianapolis, Bloomington, Huntington, and Muncie, Indiana; and Great Cranberry Isle and Kittery, Maine. She has participated in numerous juried and invitational group exhibitions in the Northeast and Midwest (United States) as well as in France.


  • MFA, Painting
    University of New Hampshire
  • BFA, Painting
    Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio
  • AICAD Mobility Program Certificate
    from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)
  • BS, Art Education and English Education
    Grace College, Indiana

Courses Taught

  • ART 122: Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 144: Foundation Drawing
  • ART 318: Painting II
  • ART 319: Painting III
  • ART 418: Painting IV
  • ART 490/491/492: Senior Exhibition I/II/III

Summary of Research Interests/Current Project

In the September, 1975 issue of Artforum, the following question was posed to painters: “Those [artists] understood to be making ‘the next inevitable step’ now work with any material but paint. What possibilities, not found elsewhere, does this medium [painting] offer you as an artist?”

Peter Saul responded: “The unique property of paint is that it necessitates no compromise with what you want it to look like. The same pile of tubes can make a Rembrandt, a Mondrian or a de Kooning. Therefore I always have the possibility of getting what I want more exactly. This can’t be said for light bulbs, car fenders, rope or broken glass – which looks like what it is and can only be arranged by the artist.”

Painting’s sprawling receptivity to the slightest variations of pressure, proportion, fluidity, and vehicle ensures its conclusion cannot be easily reached. Certain subject matters hold my interest for their metaphoric meaning, but my commitment to painting is maintained because of the tactile exactitude and sensitivity of painting's materials.

Recent Publications/Exhibitions

  • The 33rd Annual Tallahassee International, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Drawn to Print, (SCENE) Metrospace, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI (catalog)
  • B18: Wiregrass Biennial, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL
  • Juried Summer Exhibition 2018, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY (catalog)
  • Community Capital, Junction North Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • Still Life Group Exhibition, Blue Spiral Gallery
  • COSO (Contemporary South ’18), VAE, Raleigh, NC
  • How Do I Look?, Curated by: Scout Hutchinson and Mary Provenzano, Atlantic Wharf Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2018 Handcrafted, Juror: Will Hinton, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
  • Annual UNC Asheville Art Faculty Exhibition, Asheville, NC (2017)
  • Got Dressed in the Dark at Divisible Project Space, University of Dayton, March 3 - 31, 2017 1001 E Second Street, Dayton, OH
  • I Want To Read You at Harrison Center for the Arts, February 3 - 24, 2017
    1505 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN
  • Active Imagination: Artists Respond to Global Challenges at Crapo Gallery, UMass Dartmouth, , 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA (upcoming October 13 - 26, 2017)
  • For a comprehensive list of Suzie's residencies/exhibitions and to view her portfolio, please visit her website:

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